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The State as Utopia

Continental Approaches

  • Jürgen Georg Backhaus


  • Brings together an international collection of contributors from both academic and profession backgrounds

  • Examines some utopias which are virtually unknown and/or have never been studied in English

  • Uses the concept of utopia to test the Schumpeterian Hypothesis of Creative Destruction


Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jürgen Georg Backhaus
    Pages 1-2
  3. Nicolaus Tideman
    Pages 3-5
  4. Michael R. Montgomery
    Pages 19-34
  5. Hartmuth Becker
    Pages 41-56
  6. Günther Chaloupek
    Pages 57-66
  7. Marcel van Meerhaeghe
    Pages 67-76
  8. Hans Frambach
    Pages 77-88
  9. Arno Mong Daastøl, Johannes Michael Hanel
    Pages 115-159
  10. E. James Gay
    Pages 191-204
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 205-207

About this book


This book examines utopias in classical political economy and is based on the papers presented by leading scholars at the 22nd Heilbronn Symposium in the Economics and the Social Sciences. The book focuses on the tension between the State and utopia (the State as utopia vs. utopia instead of a state). The contributors also study the question of whether seafaring and landlocked states visualize the commonwealth differently and develop different utopias, and it is concluded they do not. The volume therefore follows the refutation of the Schumpeterian Hypothesis that more concentrated industries stimulate innovation. Though the hypothesis is refuted it still remains important, the chapters argue, because it charts out an entire research program, serves as a benchmark of definite public and private sector boundaries, and defines the grammar of discourse for constitutional economic policy in OECD states. These themes are explored in detail through contributions by economists, philosophers, and social historians. The contributors examine utopias hitherto never or rarely reviewed in the English language, making this book of interest to students and scholars in economics, political science and the history of economic thought.


Creative Destruction Heilbronn Symposium John Stuart Mill Schumpeterian Hypothesis Utopia

Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Georg Backhaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Fak. Staatswissenschaften, Lehrst. Finanzwissenschaft/Universität ErfurtErfurtGermany

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